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post #1 of 24 Old 04-26-2010, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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Rookie still has his wolf teeth. He chews at air with his head tilted (to either side) and constantly chews at the bit when it's in his mouth. Could this be caused by his wolf teeth. I knew when I got him that he still had them. But he is the first horse that I've had that still has them. I looked at them this evening and they are discolored and yucky looking. The dentist is coming out next Wednesday to take a look. But she said that they just passed a law that says that she can't extract? I didn't ask her about it, so I don't know. I know there are some really educated horse people on here and wanted some opinions. Thanks guys!!
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post #2 of 24 Old 04-26-2010, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry to double post. But if this could be caused by his wolf teeth, is there anything that I can do to ease them until the dentist makes it out?
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Yes, the problems could very likely come from the wolf teeth. The bit sits right on them. Some horses don't get wolf teeth. Some horses get four. And they need to be removed if you plan on riding in a bit. I can't imagine they made a law that the dentist can't remove them. My vet took my little one's wolf tooth [she only got one] out a little over a month ago. And until it's removed, don't put a bit in your horse's mouth.

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post #4 of 24 Old 04-26-2010, 11:03 PM Thread Starter
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I don't know about the law. But if she can give me the professional opinion, I can have my vet remove them. Is there anything I can do to help relieve his pain?
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post #5 of 24 Old 04-26-2010, 11:05 PM
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My horse never had wolf teeth. Maybe it's not his teeth but you're too in his face when riding?

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post #6 of 24 Old 04-26-2010, 11:15 PM Thread Starter
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No, his previous owner said that it was a habit. That he had always done it. He doesn't sling his head when riding him. Just chomps at the bit...and chomps on it even when he's just standing with no one on his back. He does the head tilting a little while after he has eaten. But to me it just looks like he's trying to position his teeth or something. When he's chewing at the air, you can plainly see the bottom wolf teeth. It looks almost like they are hitting his upper lip the way he's knawing. I do have the vet records on him. She just had his coggins and shots done last month. She also told me that he hadn't had his teeth floated in a couple of years. BUT, the vet typed it on the printout that his teeth were fine. That's another thing. I thought that horses were supposed to have their teeth floated yearly...unless very young or a senior. Rookie is 9.
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post #7 of 24 Old 04-26-2010, 11:28 PM
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I like to have them removed. I would have your vet out to remove them and check his mouth for ulcers.
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post #8 of 24 Old 04-26-2010, 11:36 PM
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are you talking about his canines? as the tennesse walker at the pasture i use has HUGE canine teeth right behind his main teeth. wolf teeth would be back right in front of his molars. to see them you would ahve to look up inside of his mouth i believe. and i don't think canines would cause a probably such as that. but the tennesse walker does the same thing as well. maybe it's just a habit?

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post #9 of 24 Old 04-26-2010, 11:49 PM
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ok sorry to double post but i thought pictures would help!
canines shouldn't cause a problem at all the only problem would be if they get to long and poke into his tongue and gums. and then your dentist should just file them down.
sorry the picture is big but here you can see the canine up near the front.

here you can kind of tell whats a wolf tooth and what isn't

ok numbers 105, 205, 305, and 405 are wolf teeth numbers 104 204 304 and 404 are all canine teeth.

and these last 2 pictures all show wolf teeth.
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post #10 of 24 Old 04-27-2010, 07:55 AM
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Vet extracted 2 from Kiara and 1 wolf tooth from Jemma. Yes, they do impact the riding, so my advice is to remove that. What about the law? Does it say DENTISTS can't remove it or VETS (as well) can't remove it? I very highly doubt 2nd one. Also your horse must be sedated (which can ONLY be done by vet, dentists can't do it at least in my state). So personally I'd give a call to the VET and ask him/her about wolf tooth and whether it can be removed.
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